Scholarship Program

The foundation began offering a $500 community service award for graduating seniors in 2010. Since then we have awarded 2 scholarships in Vermillion, 2 in Elk Point-Jefferson and one this year to a senior from Dakota Valley high school.   We are asking each community to help support the scholarship with your donations. The first 4 years, we gave out $3000, yet had no donations from the communities. We would like to ask your help and support. Students now and in the future will benefit when our residents and businesses are fully invested in their well- being.  In 2016, we will accept applications from DV, EP-J and Vermillion high school seniors.   Please be generous- the investments we make now in our students reflect on the community, and help them in their chosen path in life.   Please mail the donation payable to the Clay-Union foundation, and mark the school where it is to be credited on the memo line, so we can track the level of support in each community. Please mail the donation to
P. O. Box 731, Elk Point, SD 57025.      Thank you!!

Click to download ---> 2021 Scholarship


Fun Functions

The mentoring program schedules Fun Functions throughout the year for its matched, as well as unmatched, members. These are at no or minimal cost to the mentors and all who have signed up for the program are encouraged to participate.

Examples of previous fun events we have hosted include ice skating, swimming, bowling, ice cream and root beer floats, and meals as a group at restaurants. The best way to enjoy them is to come!!

Fundraiser/Annual Event

The Clay-Union foundation holds and annual bike ride in August and a half marathon in September. We invite you to participate in these events, as it helps fund our program and allows us to pay for advertising, background checks. The half marathon was a great success the last 2 years and we look forward to more expansion in the future.  Events hosted by the foundation will be posted under the events tab.